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As in the last chapter, I now want you to test yourself with four chosen Number-Sound word. Close your eyes and mentally run through the numbers in order, linking each number mentally with the Number-Sound memory word you have selected. Next run through the numbers in reverse order again linking them with your chosen word, and finally pick numbers randomly and as quickly as you can, linking as you go. Spend about five minutes on this exercise now. This list can be used in exactly the same way...

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You will almost certainly have made an improvement over your performance in the original test, but might find that you are still having difficulty with certain associations. The only way to overcome this is to practise and practise still more. Tonight and tomorrow throw yourself in at the deep end, testing yourself whenever possible, and having as many of your friends and acquaintances as you can try to catch you out on lists that they make up for you to remember. On the first few tries you...

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A food delicacy the prepared roe of 785. Cavil._To find objection or needless fault with. 786. Gaffish. Similar to a barbed fishing spear. 788. Cavafy._The 'old poet' of Alexandria._ 794. Caper. To frolic, skip or leap lightly, as a lamb a small berry used for making _pickles and condiments._ Related to that which glows or phosphoresces._ Colloquial for 'meet the brunt' accept the challenge or consequences._ The three Greek godesses of Destiny. 827. Fawning._A deer giving birth._ 839. Vamp....

Info

Headquarters for certain United Nations organisations Major city of _Switzerland._ 633. Jemima. Boot with elastic sides, having no laces _or clasps to fasten._ 634. Chimera. A fire-breathing monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a dragon's tail. 636. Jimjams._Nervous fears delirium tremens._ 645. Churl._A surly, ill-bred man._

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As before I am going to offer you now a few alternative suggestions which I would like you to consider, and then compare and contrast them with your own choices. Having done this select the Number-Sound memory word which you consider to be best and print it in the box as you did in the previous chapter. 9. Vine, line, twine 10. Hen, den, wren Now select the most appropriate word and enter it in the box.

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Having a large, rounded summit, as a head or a church. Dress. (It may be helpful here to imagine the _garment on a man.)_ Dredge. Apparatus for bringing up mud (or oysters) from the sea or river bottom. Dilemma. A position leaving a choice which is _usually between two evils._ Delilah. Temptress false and wily woman _(Samson)._ Deluge. A great flood Noah's flood. _

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To lessen the density or solidity of, especially air._ A dainty morsel often applied to Welsh Rarebit grilled cheese on toast 455. Reel Line. (Imagine a fishing line tangled on its Mode, style, diet form of government (Imagine yourself as a knight with one giant foe among a number of others.)

Card Memory System

Magicians and memory experts often amaze and amuse audiences with their ability to remember complete packs of cards in the order in which they were presented. They similarly astound their audiences by being able to rattle off, without any difficulty, the six or seven cards not mentioned when an incomplete 'pack' is randomly presented. Extraordinary as these feats may seem, they are not all that difficult and are usually quite straightforward even though many people accuse the performer of...

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Letter or letter word and not simply the letter itself. For example 'ant', 'bottle', 'case', 'dog', and 'eddy' would not be correct memory words because they do not start with the sound of the letter as it is pronounced in the alphabet. Having re-checked your own words, now compare them with the following list of suggestions, and when you have done so select your final list and print it clearly in the Alphabet memory system box. As before cross out your own list and the list of suggestions when...

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The next item on our list, toothpaste, can easily be linked with die washing up liquid as they both come from containers which have to be squeezed. Simply imagine a fire-extinguisher-soap-container beginning to squirt toothpaste instead of soap. We can move rapidly onto the next item by picturing the toothpaste no longer being squirted at the fire, but being badly aimed and covering our freshly polished shoes which were about to step on a rotten tomato anyway And there we have it our list often...

Foreword

Once again my gifted young friend and if I may say so with pride, prot g Tony Buzan has asked me to give one of his eminently useful books a send-off. In a lop-sided kind of comparison, if you already have a good memory, training is not needed, and if you do not well, now useful really is training I can answer this conundrum by suggesting that memory exists only in the use of it. It may not be true that everyone has a good memory to begin with, although I should like to think so but it is...

The Major System

The Major system is the ultimate in the development of the peg systems discussed earlier. It is a system which has been in use for over 400 years, although it has been continually improved since the middle of the 17th century, when it was introduced by Stanislaus Mink von Wesnnsshein. Von Wennsshein's basic construction was modified in the early 18th century by Doctor Richard Grey, an Englishman. The system makes use of a different consonant or consonant sound for each number from zero to ten...

A

To bring a solid or a gas into a liquid _condition._ Elfin. Like, or relating to, a fairy or an elf. Alluvium. Soil deposited or washed down by the _action of water_ Lib Now (Imagine this phrase as a Woman's __I_Liberation placard.)_ Labium. The floor of the mouth of insects and _crustaceans etc._

Head And Facial Characteristics

Usually you will first- meet a person face-on, so before dealing with the run-down of separate characteristics we will consider the head as a whole. Look for the general shape of the entire bone structure. You will find that this can be And that within these three categories the following shapes can be found triangular, with the base at the chin and

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Substitute Your Associations The art of remembering well relies on a number of factors, and it is advisable, especially in associations which you might feel are a little weak, to bring all your weapons to the fore. By substituting one thing for another you can often very strongly reinforce a link that might have been not quite strong enough. An example of this was our substitution of the fire extinguisher for the washing-up liquid container. The substitution itself made the association and the...

Long Number Memory System

Give a long number such as 95862190377 to someone to remember and he will try to repeat it as you present it to him, eventually getting bogged down in his own repetition to subdivide it into two-or-three number groups, eventually losing the order and content of these to work out mathematical relations between the numbers as you present them, inevitably getting confused or to 'picture' the number as it is presented, the photograph in his mirid always becoming blurred If you think back to the...

Telephone Number Test

The following is a list of 10 people and their telephone numbers. Study the list for not more than five minutes, then dose or cover the book and write down first the name and then the numbers. Give yourself 1 point for each correct number (even if you make only one mistake in the number you must consider this totally wrong, for if you had dialled it you would not have been put in contact with the person with whom you wished to speak ) Your local chemist Your tennis partner Your plumber Your...

Trk9340

Our task here is to make up either one word which contains these letters in order, two short words which also contain these letters in order or four words, the initial letter of which represents the number we are trying to remember. In the case of the butcher the last of these choices is probably the best. We select v, g, m, and hard c to give us ' Very Good Meat Cuts'. We could of course, substitute 'Fairly' for 'Very' and 'Gory' for 'Good' etc. As practice on...

Memory System For Dates In Our Century

When you have finished this chapter you will be able to give the correct day of the week for any date between the years 1900 to the present Two systems may be used, the first of which is faster and simpler and applies to only one given year while the second spans many years and is a little harder. These systems owe much to Harry Lorayne, a well-known North American memory expert. Using the first of these systems, let us assume that we wish to know the day for any given date in the year 1971. In...

The Alphabet System

The Alphabet system is another Peg system similar in construction to the Number-Shape and Number-Sound systems but instead of using numbers, it uses the 26 letters of the alphabet. Its advantage is that it enables you to remember 26 objects, its only disadvantage being that most people find it hard to reel off the alphabet in reverse order, or to know immediately the number order of a given letter in the alphabet. As with the two number systems, I suggest you first construct your own list, then...

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A service spoken or sung for the peace _of the soul of a dead person. _ 474. Raker. (Imagine a man who does nothing but 477. Rococo. A highly ornamented and florid style in _design._ 479. Raek up. Colloquialism meaning to injure _seriously in sport._ 480. Refuse._Rubbish garbage._ 484. Reefer. A short jacket worn by sailors a 487. Revoke. A card player's failure to follow suit _though he could._ 491. Rabid._Furious, violent, unreasoning, mad.

Introduction

Speed Memory will enable you to remember lists of objects not only in order, but also in reverse and random order to remember names and faces, as well as facts associated with them to remember speeches, scripts, articles, jokes and narratives to remember dates, prices, numbers (including telephone numbers ) and anniversaries and to remember far more readily languages and information relevant to examinations. You will also be able to perform 'memory feats' with * number games and cards. The...

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Fecund._Prolific fertile._ Fakir. A Mohammedan or Hindu religious Tilled' with devastation and destruction, Favillous._Consisting of, or pertaining to, ashes. Fifish. Resembling, or having the Bringing forth young alive rather than Fabian. Employing cautious strategy to wear _out an enemy._ (Imagine yourself receiving money you

Peg Test

Give yourself no more than four minutes to remember this second list of 20 items. The aim in this test is to remember the items in random order, connecting them to their appropriate number. When four minutes have passed cover the list or close the book, write the numbers from 1-20 on a piece of paper, and fill in the answers randomly, that is, pick a number on the list and fill in the item which belongs to that number. Do not progress regularly from 1-20. Jump about all over the numbers until...

The Classical Room System

Before moving on to two of the more major Peg systems, you shall have a light and easy day's work with a simple little Room system. In the section dealing with the history of memory, I mentioned that the Romans accepted without question the theoretical ideas of memory introduced by the Greeks. I added that one of their major contributions was the introduction and development of memory systems. One of their most popular systems made use of objects in a room. Such a system is easily constructed....

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Declaration of American Independence. The method for remembering these or any other such dates is simple, and is similar to the method for remembering telephone numbers. All you have to do is to make a word or string of words from the letters which represent the numbers of the date. In most cases there is no point in including the one representing the thousand, as you know the approximate date in any case. Let us try this system on the dates above. 1. The Fire of London in 1666 virtually...

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An automatic toaster a toy consisting This has been a giant chapter, but its importance is beyond question. The. major system can be used, like the smaller systems, to remember' short lists. Its advantage of course is that it is limitless. It can therefore be used to store information. For example if you wish to remember a certain list of facts to which you would have to refer continually over a period of years you could memorise that list using the key words from, for example, 400...

1905 1911 1916 1922 1933 1939 1944 1950 1961 1967 1972 1978

How does this system work Well, for once the answer is that it is not completely easy although with a little practice it can become almost second nature. The method is as follows, given the month, numerical date, and the year, you add the number represented by the month key to the number of the date, and add this total to the key number representing the year in question. From the total you subtract all the sevens, and the remaining number represents the day in the week, taking Sunday as day i....

1776

Declaration of American Independence That ends the testing If you have done badly then you have done as expected and are quite average Within the first few chapters of this book you will have learned how to get perfect scores in less than the time allotted, and by the time you have completed the book all of these tests will be child's play. Give yourself a day's rest (after what must have been a fairly strenuous session ) and start your first memory training tomorrow.

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Bacchus._The Greek God of wine._ 973. Becalm. To still to make quiet delay through 977. Backing. Support, moral or physical a web of strong material at the back of some woven fabric. 982. Buffoon. A wag, jester, mocker, a droll clown. 987. Bivouac. A temporary encampment without _tents._

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Rare Show. A radio-active white metallic element. Run Off. A deciding, final contest a gutter or _spillway._ Remus. One of two brothers suckled by a wof Rammer. An armoured point on the prow of a _ship._ Rommel. - Notorious German war leader. Ramify. To form branches or subdivisions or

Telephone Number Memory System

Most people 'just can't' remember telephone numbers In order to overcome this disability they employ ail kinds of elaborate systems (and some not so elaborate), ranging from the person who keeps card files of the numbers he needs to remember and carries these around with him, to the one who jots down numbers on odd pieces of paper and is continually ringing the wrong person Remembering telephone numbers is actually not difficult at all as long as we remember the number-letter correspondence...

The Numbersound System

Now that you have learned about the history of memory, about the ideas of association, about the Link system, and the first small Peg system, you are ready to progress to the next small Peg system and to a few slightly more sophisticated Peg systems. Because of the knowledge you are building up as you go along these systems will be introduced without too much preliminary explanation as the principles already discussed are common to all of them. The Number-Sound system is almost identical to the...

Memory Test

Few people ever put their memory to the immediate test, and it is for this reason that most are unaware of the limits and habits of their mind's work. The tests that follow should not be too difficult, but because of the way we are trained (or not trained ) in school, the simple tasks you will presently attempt will in some cases prove very very difficult and in others almost impossible Do not worry about poor performance, since it is the purpose of this book to make the memorisation of all...

Trade Mark

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Yourclassicalmemoryroom

The advantage of this system is that it is entirely your own, that the room may be as large as you wish, may have as many walls as you care to imagine, and may contain a great number of memory-peg objects. On the blank page provided here you should now construct your own room, selecting the shape you feel is best, and then finally printing in the objects with which you are going to furnish it. When you have completed this task, take a number of mental walks around the room until you are...

Z

Your practice with the Alphabet system should be similar to your practice with previous smaller systems. The end of this chapter marks the end of your learning the introductory and basic Peg and Link systems. From now on, apart from a brief summary of these concepts in Chapter 7, you will be learning more sophisticated and more expansive systems that will enable you to remember lists of hundreds of items, as well as systems to help you remember faces, numbers etc. The next chapter but one deals...

Memory System For Schedules And Appointments

As with telephone numbers, many people find appointments and schedules hard to remember. They employ similar systems for coping with their problem, the most common, of course, being the diary. Unfortunately many people don't always keep their diaries with them In this chapter I introduce two systems, the first of which is for immediate daily use, the second for remembering schedules and appointments for an entire week. The first involves your basic peg systems. Simply equate the number in your...

Remembering For Examinations

Few people hear the word 'examination' without a slight feeling of fear or distaste. In Speed Reading, I have dealt comprehensively with methods for studying three to ten times more effectively. Here I'm going to discuss examinations in relation to memory systems. Typically, the person taking an examination dashes to his seat in order to use all the available time and reads his examination paper so nervously, quickly and confusedly that he has to read it over again to find out just what it is...

The History Of Memory

From the time when man first began to depend on his mind for coping with the environment, the possession of an excellent memory has placed individuals in positions of both command and respect. The amazing feats in remembering accomplished by particular people were so impressive that they have become legendary It is difficult to say exactly when and where the first integrated ideas on memory arose. It is reasonable to state, however, that the first sophisticated concepts can be attributed to the...

Small Memory System Review And Extension

You have now completed the five smaller memory systems the Link, the Number-Shape, the Number-Sound, the Classical Room and the Alphabet. Each of these systems can be used either independently or in conjunction with another system. Furthermore, one or two of the systems can be set aside, if you wish, as 'constant memory banks'. That is, if you have certain lists or orders of items that you will need to be able to recall over a period of a year or more, you can set aside the system of your...

Mm

Situations where you might be trying to remember a long number which contains the same two-digit sequence more than once. You don't have to repeat the same word, but can use another word representing the same number Another advantage of this memory system is that you don't have to learn the memory words by heart since they are 'self coding'. They will pop into your mind instantly as long as you know the rules Up to this point in the Chapter you have been given a lot of detailed information...

The Numbershape System

In the last chapter we established the ground-work for all our memory systems. We learned that memory is a linking process and that it can be aided by exaggeration, by movement, by substitution, and by being absurd. We now move on to the first of the Peg memory systems. A Peg memory system differs from the link system in that it uses a special list of items which never change, and to which the items you wish to remember are joined or linked. A Peg system can be thought of as a clothes cabinet...

Skipnum

Skipnum Self-Coding Instant Phonetic Number Memory grid is an entirely new memory system. It was developed by my close friend and associate Heinz Norden, the well-known writer, translator and polymath. Skipnum differs from other major memory systems in that it is based almost entirely on phonetics. The system is based on two elements everyone knows 1, The initial letter of the memory word is the same as the initial letter of the number which is attached to that word. For example the numbers...